20th Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference Next Weekend

Meteorologists Will Once Again Gather in Portland to Forecast Upcoming Winter Weather

Spread the word! The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) will host the 20th annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference next Saturday, November 17th at 10 AM. Meteorologists from across the Pacific Northwest will once again descend on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland to give their prognostications for the upcoming winter. Will El Nino arrive, bringing with it warmer and drier weather or will it remain at bay for what could be a “wild-weather-ride” this winter? Don’t miss out on this ever-popular free, public meeting. A $300 Davis home weather station will also be raffled off to one lucky winner. Media outlets are once again encouraged to advance and cover this annual event as they have for many years. For all the formal meeting details, please see below or click: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/

Formal Conference Rundown

What: 20th Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference

When: Saturday, November 17th 2012 @ 10 AM.

Where: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), main auditorium, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. in Portland. For driving directions to OMSI click: http://tinyurl.com/6rrz8em.
Meeting and parking cost: This meeting is free and open to all ages of the general public. Free parking in all OMSI parking lots.

Overnight Accommodations: For overnight accommodations in Portland, please see: http://tinyurl.com/7boqrsf

Agenda: Meteorologists from across the Pacific Northwest will once again give their prognostications for the upcoming winter, as well as a look back at last winter.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Steve Pierce, Oregon AMS President

OMSI Update
Jim Todd, OMSI Planetarium Manager

Review of 2011-2012 Weather
Mark Nelsen, Chief Meteorologist – KPTV/KPDX

2012/13 Winter Weather Forecasts
Clinton Rockey – National Weather Service Portland
Kyle Dittmer, Hydrologist/Meteorologist – CRITFC
George Taylor, Climatologist/Meteorologist – Applied Climate Services
Jim Little, Meteorologist – Oregon Department of Forestry

Special Presentation
Jesse Nicola – Mount Hood Ski Bowl
“Using NOAA XML data to design a ski resort forecast”

Audience Question/Answer Session with Forecasters

Raffle – $300 Davis Home Weather Station & More


Please note — OMSI’s main auditorium will hold approximately 300 guests. Please arrive early in order to be assured a seat. Once standing room capacity has been met, the only additional viewing area will be from the hallway outside.

Who is the Oregon AMS? The Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) was founded in 1947 and is the single largest local chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in the country, with 170 members. The national headquarters of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has approximately 130 active local chapters across the country. The Oregon AMS chapter normally hosts eight monthly meetings from September to June that are free and open to all ages of the general public. The Oregon AMS welcomes the public to become chapter members for just $10 per year. The Oregon AMS chapter mission statement reads, “The purpose of this society shall be to advance professional ideals in the science of meteorology and to promote the development, exchange, and application of meteorological knowledge.” Our meetings are always found on our web site: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon

Stay tuned!

Steve Pierce, President
Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

Steve Pierce

Steve Pierce

Steve Pierce is widely known as Oregon and Washington's "go-to-guy" when it comes to fast, accurate historical meteorological research and forecasts. Steve is currently the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Steve is also recognized as a regional weather commentator and blogger who can be heard on local radio stations and seen in print media outlets across the Pacific Northwest. His Weather Blog is hosted by the Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Check it out! He is a third generation resident of Vancouver, Washington and holds a degree in Communications. Both sets of Steve's grandparents migrated to Vancouver during World War II. One set traveled from Lenox, Iowa to work in the Kaiser Shipyards supporting the war effort. The other set came to Vancouver from Olympia, Washington to work as educators for the rapidly expanding Vancouver School District. When the war was over, both sets of grandparents decided to stay in Vancouver and continue raising their families, as did thousands of other families at the time. Those who are most familiar with Steve can attest to the fact that weather is his true passion. His love for "all things weather" began at the age of 7 when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. He was fascinated with which direction the ash plumes were headed. Then came the very powerful windstorm of Friday, November 13, 1981, also referred to as the "Friday the 13th" storm. This was the strongest storm to hit the Portland / Vancouver area since the great Columbus Day Storm of 1962! At age 11, he was asked to publish an extended weather forecast for his elementary school's weekly newsletter. In the 1980's, at age 14, Steve was the youngest of KGW-TV's local "weather watchers" and would phone in his daily Vancouver weather stats to then television meteorologist Jim Little for use on-air. Steve has lived through all of the major Pacific Northwest weather events of the past 30 years, and then some. The most notable events include; the bitterly cold winter of 1978-1979, the record setting snow storms of January 1980, the summer heat wave of August 1981, the windstorms of November 1981 and December 1995, the severe arctic blast of February 1989, the record flood of February 1996, the historic ice storm of January 2004, the Vancouver tornado of January 2008 and the record setting snow storm of Christmas 2008. Not to mention every Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption in between. With access to the most extensive set of historical weather records available to date, Steve has personally designed and integrated a proprietary system that gives him the ability to quickly locate and manipulate weather data as far back as the 1800's. As one local Meteorologist put it, "Steve has fast access to historical weather data that is needed for media, agriculture, business, personal, historical and other climatological needs. He can quickly manipulate the data in many different ways. His forecasts are also quite accurate, especially at longer lead times." Steve also provides local storm assessments, narratives and weather presentations to the general public, as requested. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, vacationing at his family's coastal cabin and just relaxing! By the way, do you like your weather on the "extreme" side? So does Steve! Whether it is collecting damage assessment data & photos after record setting 125 mph winds at the coast in December 2007, being one of the first on the scene after the January 2008 Vancouver tornado, or feeling (literally) the awesome power of 100 mph wind gusts at Oregon's Crown Point in January 2010, Steve has experienced it all! As Steve says, "don't just love weather, live weather!" Check out Steve's personal weather website at: http://www.piercevideo.com/weather.shtml

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